New stats show March much colder than normal

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The colder-than-normal and wetter-than-normal weather pattern that has gripped hold of South Jersey since September hasn’t gone away just because the calendar slipped into spring, metrological spring that is./Northeast Regional Climate Center The colder-than-normal and wetter-than-normal weather pattern that has gripped hold of South Jersey since September hasn’t gone away just because the calendar slipped into spring, metrological spring that is./Northeast Regional Climate Center The colder-than-normal and wetter-than-normal weather pattern that has gripped hold of South Jersey since September hasn’t gone away just because the calendar slipped into spring, metrological spring that is.

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center folks up at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., the first 15 days of March failed to buck a wet and chilly trend.

Colder-than-normal temperatures

Temperatures in New Jersey and portions of Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island and Plantation Plains along with Massachusetts, averaged 4-6 degrees colder than normal through the first half of March, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

That means the temperatures we “enjoyed” in early March were more like the temperatures we’d struggle to deal with in the middle of February.

But it could be worse.

In the rest of the Middle Atlantic States and New England, temperatures averaged 6-10 degrees colder than normal.

To go along with colder than normal temperatures, the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states experienced above average rainfall during the first half of March./Northeast Regional Climate Center. To go along with colder than normal temperatures, the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states experienced above average rainfall during the first half of March./Northeast Regional Climate Center. Wetter-than-normal precipitation

To add insult to injury, precipitation numbers across the Middle Atlantic and New England states were higher than normal to create excessive snowfall figures.

Precipitation numbers for the first 15 days of March ranged from 125 percent to more than 150 percent above normal, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Just when does spring begin?

While the first day of spring isn’t until Thursday, March 20, meteorologists consider their spring season starts March 1.

Either way, many people can’t wait for spring-like weather to arrive…and stay.

 


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